Are you interested in the history of London or just small parts of it?  Then get involved and contribute!

Add to the Map

Anyone can add to the map. Find out how.


Throughout COVID-19 Lockdown we have been running a series of webinars. All webinars are available to view on our YouTube Channel

Past webinars:

2.4.20 - Learning to Georeference ; 16.4.20 - Explore our collection of map layers ; 23.4.20 - Adding records to Layers of London; 24.4.20 - Archaeological Skills with MOLA ; 30.4.20 - Tracing Charles Booth's poverty maps; 13.5.20 - Layers of London Mini Conference (w/ Newington Green Meeting House, Courtauld Conway Library Project, Our Hut, & Museum of Youth Culture);  21.5.20 - Exploring collections with London Metropolitan Archives; 28.5.20 - Creating historic maps with the Historic Town's Trust; 2.6.20 - Online Engagement Masterclass; 11.6.20 - Hackney's History; 18.6.20 - Researching History Online (with British History Online); 24.6.20 - Documenting Windrush Arrivals; 25.6.20 - Women & Work (past and present) (in collaboration with Newington Green Meeting House); 2.7.20 - The Charles Booth archive and Booth online; 9.7.20 - Microhistories, not Microbreweries: Peeking through the door of pubs past using London archives; 16.2.20 - Exploring the bomb damage maps with London Metropolitan Archives; 23.7.20 - The Archaeology of Pottery Production in London from Medieaval times to the Victorians

Upcoming webinars:

6.8.20 - Material Culture in Roman London

13.8.20 - Unmapping Camberwell (plus other lines and smudges)

20.8.20 - DIY Buildings Archaeology, A digital field guide

3.9.20 - 'Prehistory in London: Problems, Progress and Potential'

For more information including how to book a space visit the IHR's events page

Crowd Sourcing Campaigns

Anyone can add content on any theme to Layers of London however, we also run campaigns where we're looking for people to contribute specific content relating to a theme. Our current themes are:

#HistoryOfMySchool - A project for schools of all types to create a Layers' record all about... the history of their school! - More information. 

#LondonArrivals - A project capturing why people migrate to the city, where they first lived, and if London lives up to expectations. - Tell us your #LondonArrivals story or read about other's stories about arriving in London

Recording London's Pubs

My Family History - A project to inspire young people to have conversations with older relatives in order to explore and record memories of local London history

Sounds of Summer - a project capturing the post-lockdown sounds of Summer 2020 

Read All About It! - a project mapping media reports from the early 20th century (using the British Library Newspaper Archive)


Would you like to share you talents and time with Layers of London? Our volunteers have already  helped community groups, archives and museums  share their history through curating collections  devising and delivering walks, and organising exhibitions.   If you have skills that you could share or would like to learn new ones then let us know.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: 

There are currently no volunteer opportunities

Student Placements 

Looking to apply your skills in a practical way?  We tailor placements to your interests and aspirations to produce work that will be published on Layers of London. Students will be given their own project and you can see some examples below:

Feminist History in the East End

London's Inner Ring Road 

St.Clement Danes 1660-1800